Monday, May 28, 2012

Foiling My Way Through the Empty Nest Syndrome

In the animal kingdom, species that build nests often do so only to shelter the eggs that contain their offspring until they hatch...Though humans spend more time with their young than nest-building birds, there comes a time when avian metaphors begin to apply very aptly to children. We often speak of young adults learning to spread their wings and fly; they go off to college or the military, get married or accept a job cross-country. Whatever the child's flight path, parents are left with an empty place in the home, or as it has been dubbed in the vernacular, the empty nest...

Is one ever really prepared for the empty nest syndrome? Take this morning for example. As I strolled around the garden,

I lingered past the baby robins to get a bird's eye view of how our little friends were doing. The pansies, which up until this time were holding up quite nicely, appeared lifeless. I did a quick back step to get another look when suddenly I was flushed with horror, the nest was empty!

Most definitely, not catching a glimpse of our fleeting friends taking their first flight, will never compare to the wave of emotions that flooded my head the day my daughter Michele told me she was moving to Idaho and yet, I do wish I would have had a chance to wave good-bye to the Robins. Marion didn't take it well either. She has been diligently keeping an eye on the nest each morning in hopes of getting a glance of the first flight. I suppose it is best they spread their wings and flew unnoticed...

With a bit of encouragement from Janet at Dying for Chocolate, I thought it might be interesting to share a rather vintage and unusual seasonal cookbook with you. What makes it vintage is the fact that it was published in 1959 by the Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Company which was established by American industrialist Henry J. Kaiser in 1946.

What makes it unusual is its texture. Barely 9 pages long, both the front and the back of the booklet are as vibrant as a sheet of aluminum foil. Very cool...

Seasonally speaking, the title of this little gem is How To Become A Cookout Champion; Win with these new Bar-B-Tricks. Clever, no? How about this for a barrel of laughs?

It appears the going rate for Siz Instant Charcoal Lighter in 1959 was 89 cents. Expensive as compared to Ember Coal lighter selling for a mere 49 cents.

Here's a cool advertisement for Squirt Soda apparently "Refreshing Thirsty American's Since 1938."

And what kind of seasonal post would this be without a couple of Hamburger Bar-B-Tricks. After all, it is National Hamburger Day! (It is in Chicago anyway, there are many conflicting dates for Hamburger Day:) Presenting...Carnation Bar-B-Burgers.

And for the sprites, Hamburgers-On-A-Stick

Let's toss a contest in for good measure.

Just for the record, and because I simply can't help myself, Aluminum Foil was invented by a man by the name of Charles Martin Hall, who began experimenting with minerals at the age of 12. He was inspired by his chemistry professor, Frank Fanning Jewett, who said the person who discovered an economical way to produce aluminum would become rich. Charles Martin Hall: aluminum’s "boy wonder" did just that. On April 2, 1889, Charles Martin Hall patented an inexpensive method for the production of aluminum. US patent #400666 described as a "process of electro lyzing crude salts of aluminum. As you may have guessed, I did a rather in depth post about Mr. Hall at my other blog, Tasteful Inventions. (which btw is very neglected these days:) I for one can not imagine a world without aluminum foil, especially on Memorial Day!

“And now the Torch and Poppy red
We wear in honor of our dead.
Fear not that ye have died for naught;
We’ll teach the lesson that ye wrought
In Flanders Fields.”
– from “We Shall Keep the Faith,”

Moine Belle Michael

1. Empty Next Syndrome Overview
2. In Flanders Fields